Independent media is necessary in India, as traditional media houses bow to political pressure and are unable to challenge the regimes.
For the businessmen who run these media houses, it is imperative to keep good relations with the governments and hence it is impossible to let their own newspapers or TV channel criticise the government and its policies non-stop.
The gap is thus being filled, as independent journalist-driven initiatives have come forward. These are The Wire, NewsClick, Newsbits.in, TwoCircles.Net, TheNewsMinute, NewsCentral, Newsd, The NewsMinute and Scroll among the most famous ones.
Most of these news sites are run by journalists. Hence, the focus is on news, stories and real issues. It is a good sign that the hold of businessmen and politicians is weakening on media. The websites that have Facebook pages and Twitter handles have huge reach.
The future is journalist-driven media in India. And that's a positive sign.